Introducing Integration of Box with LightArrow Apps

box_partnership_seal_blue(1)The LightArrow team is very excited to announce that we’ve developed a partnership with Box, and we’ve integrated all our personal organization and business productivity apps with Box services. Box services integration enables LightArrow app users to use LightArrow apps and Box services for:

  • Device-to-device syncing of LightArrow apps.
  • Backing up and restoring LightArrow app data.
  • Accessing online folders and files in Box for easy access while mobile.
  • Downloading, viewing, emailing and printing files from Box while mobile.
  • Associating files from Box to LightArrow items, such as projects, products, events, trips, visits, notes, services, service providers, metrics, subjects and assets.

Watch the tutorials below to learn about the integration and how you can take advantage of the new features.

LightArrow Apps – Using Box for Sync and Backup/Restore

LightArrow Apps – Accessing Files and Folders from Box

The LightArrow App Engine 7

The Box integration is built into the LightArrow App Engine 7, which is used by all our apps, providing a common set of functionality across all the apps. The LightArrow App Engine currently supports Dropbox™, SkyDrive™, and Google Drive™, and by adding Box services, LightArrow opens the features to millions of existing Box users. The LightArrow App Engine 7 has over three years of development and constant improvements with feedback from users.

Learn More at the Box Website

LifeTopix | My.Agenda | Pro.Notes | My.Notes | My.Shopping

Introducing My.Shopping 1.0 – Shopping Lists Your Way

MyShopping128We’re very excited about our new shopping list app, My.Shopping. Watch below to see how you can take advantage of it for organizing shopping lists, things to sell, gifts, and sellers — your way.

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Introducing My.Shopping, designed for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Organize Shopping lists – your way. Available at the Apple App Store.

Wouldn’t it be great if you had an electronic grocery list that you could refer to over and over again instead of wasting your precious time re-creating that same old list? And can you imagine the time you would save if you always knew which store carried your favorite products, you could save photos of household product requirements, and you could instantly locate stores on a map? This is what My.Shopping can do for you.

With My.Shopping

You can manage individual shopping items.
Manage entire shopping lists.
Manage things you plan to sell.
Record gifts for others and gifts that you’ve received.
Manage coupons.
Record data about your favorite products.
Keep track of your favorite sellers and service providers.

My.Shopping is not like your typical shopping apps that require web logins, subscriptions, show advertisements, and track your shopping habits. It’s installed directly on your device and you can keep it completely private with a passcode lock.

There are many benefits of using an electronic shopping list. For example, you can create reusable shopping lists for everything – clothing, groceries, baby items, office supplies — whatever you buy.

And it’s super easy to add your favorite items to your shopping lists. Just tap the items you wish to buy and then tap add.

Shopping is different for everyone. That’s why we made My.Shopping flexible, allowing you to decide how you want to sort your shopping items. Save time by sorting items by grocery aisle, price, nutritional value, or type of product. You decide.

Sometimes a limited number of stores carries your favorite personal or household items. Always find your favorite products by sorting your lists by seller.

Not only can you create electronic shopping lists, with My.Shopping, you can record all the gifts you given and received. Prevent embarrassment by knowing what gift you gave Uncle Jeff or Aunt Mary last Christmas. or perhaps you’re hosting a baby shower or birthday party? Keep track of your gifts electronically so you can easily send thoughtful thank you notes.

Do you host garage sales or sell on Craigslist or eBay? With My.Shopping you can monitor all the items that you sell.

With My.Shopping, save money by easily organizing your coupons.

For stores that accept non-printed coupons, take photos of flyers and coupons and use them while shopping.

For online coupons, add bookmarks and instantly access coupons while at checkout.

And how often do you wish you could use a coupon but it has expired? Track dates and see alerts for upcoming expirations.

Organizing your favorite products and product details can get frustrating.

By using text notes, photos, audio, or video you can easily find household product details such as battery sizes, air filters, coffee filters, printer ink, types of lightbulbs, room dimensions, paint colors, cartridges, or more.

Or imagine your friend bought a great pair of cowboy boots and you want to find the same pair. Take a photo, record the details, and schedule a due date for purchase.

With My.Shopping you can keep track of your favorite stores and service providers.

Save the details such as the name, referrer, or website URL from your iOS contacts. Call or email instantly from My.Shopping. Easily set the location and view it on the map so you always know where to find your favorite stores.

Are you a savvy shopper who’s tired of the never-ending email chains of shopping items?

If you choose to purchase Sync + Share pack, you can send a list directly to a spouse or partner from the app through email and they can open it in their My.Shopping app. Or for instant collaboration, you can share data through a free Dropbox account.

If you’re managing a busy household or business sometimes you need reminders when shopping items are due.

“What Matters Now” on your home screen lets you know what’s due.

And you can get alerted on your device at the time of the event until up to 60 days before. You decide.

You can also choose to view shopping lists and items on your iOS calendars so you can make sure never to forget an important item.

If you’re looking for the ultimate app to keep your shopping organized your way, look no further. We’ve got you covered.

For more information, go to or find My.Shopping at the Apple App Store in the lifestyle category.

Thanks for watching.

What is Microsoft SkyDrive and How Can You Take Advantage of it?

As you know, today’s user is flooded with information that’s important to them and many use different cloud services to store their data. Of course, when they’ve stored several documents in the cloud it’s often difficult to remember how to find a document when they need it. This is where LifeTopix comes in — allowing users to locate their documents in context of their projects, parties and other events, trips, and more — bringing everything together into one pocket-sized organization miracle.


We often talk about the popular cloud services that our customers use to manage their documents, photos, and other media. And our users clearly recognize the value of storing and managing their documents in the cloud. Because there are so many excellent cloud services, we’ve chosen to integrate with the best of the best — Google Drive/Docs, Evernote, and Dropbox. We continue to support more and more of these services for device-to-device sync, file access, and backup and restore. And now, we’re very excited to announce our latest addition — Microsoft SkyDrive.

This post is intended to give you a brief introduction of SkyDrive, and how we support it in LifeTopix.

What is SkyDrive?

Similar to Google Drive/Docs and Dropbox, SkyDrive enables users to store their files in the cloud and access them from their mobile devices or personal computers. And like Google Drive/Docs, users can share word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations for the purposes of concurrent collaboration. Editing and collaborating is available through the free online version of Microsoft Office products — including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. SkyDrive also includes the ability to create and share OneNote notebooks and Excel surveys, as well as to modify files created with the desktop version of MS Office.

SkyDrive is a free download with 7GB of free storage for starters and upgrade options are available. The mobile app for file access is free and available for Windows Phone, Android, iPhone, and iPad. To get started with SkyDrive, go to and follow the directions.

How Does LifeTopix and SkyDrive Work Together?

In the following sections, detailed information is included that introduces you to the SkyDrive integration. The integration allows:

  • Managing your SkyDrive files in context with your life
  • Syncing LifeTopix data across your multiple devices
  • Backing up and restoring LifeTopix data

Managing Your SkyDrive Files in Context With Your Life

SkyDrive makes it easy to store and share Microsoft Office files created from the desktop app or from the web interface. We have chosen not to replicate this functionality, but rather to allow our users to attach, view, download, and upload files from SkyDrive to LifeTopix. For example, you might choose to attach spreadsheets, OneNote notes, and other documents to a “Paperless Office” project within LifeTopix. The following screenshot shows how LifeTopix can be used to attach files to a project.

SkyDrive File Attachment

After adding your SkyDrive folder to LifeTopix via Notes + Files, the files become available for viewing in context of the project.

Syncing LifeTopix Data Across Your Multiple Devices

We’re very excited that we’ve added device-to-device sync via SkyDrive to our list of cloud services that we support. Still, the most reliable choice for device-to-device sync for LifeTopix is through Dropbox. If it’s imperative that your multiple devices are in sync at all times, we suggest that you use Dropbox. However, we’re continuing to refine the implementation of our device-to-device sync through iCloud, Google Drive, and SkyDrive and expect all services to be equally reliable.

If you would like to set up device-to-device sync through SkyDrive, the process is the same as Dropbox and you can watch the following video to learn how to set it up.

Make sure that you choose Microsoft SkyDrive as the service that you wish to use for syncing, and one caveat I suggest is that you set up a folder in SkyDrive for your sync files prior to configuring your device-to-device sync. In the following example, I’ve set up a folder in SkyDrive and named it LifeTopix, then I referred to it in the My Settings view of the LifeTopix app.

LifeTopix SkyDrive

Backing Up and Restoring LifeTopix Data

We recommend that you back up your LifeTopix data on a regular basis to ensure your data is not lost in case of a technical issue or if a device problem occurs. With the addition of SkyDrive integration, it is now possible to back up your data to SkyDrive. Simply set up your Online Folder as shown in the screenshot above. LifeTopix uses the same folder you designate for device-to-device sync for backups and restoring your data.

We hope that you’re as excited as us to have more choices for device-to-device sync, file access, and online backup and restore. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. We welcome your feedback.

LifeTopix 6.0 Guided Tour

Team LightArrow is very excited about our new 6.0 update of LifeTopix, which includes several new features, usability improvements, and defect fixes. LifeTopix 6.0 is available from the Apple App Store as a free update for anyone with previous LifeTopix versions. If you’re new to LifeTopix, it’s available for a limited time at a special price of 99 cents. As a universal app, a single purchase entitles you to use it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

New Sync Options

We’re happy to introduce Dropbox sync to keep your data in sync across your multiple iOS devices. We’ve also introduced a technology preview of Google Drive sync/backup and restore. You’re welcome to preview it, but we recommend that you utilize Dropbox sync at this time. We’ve made several improvements to iCloud Sync, and we’re working with Apple to resolve issues that affect reliability. However, we’re continuing to consider iCloud Sync a “Technology Preview.” When you update to LifeTopix 6.0, iCloud sync will be disabled. We highly recommend that you switch to Dropbox sync after updating your devices.

To access sync options, tap Settings and then tap Cloud Sync to access the new view shown in the following screenshot. Tap Manage to get started with your device sync setup.

LifeTopix cloud sync

Freehand Drawing & Note Taking

In the 6.0 update, we’ve given freehand drawing and written note taking a complete makeover. Writing and drawing is now easier and provides a richer experience. We’ve added pinch zoom and expand; undo and redo; and the ability to email your drawings directly from the drawing view. Drawing/writing includes an eraser; 40 color choices; alpha capabilities; six shapes including circles and squares; and line width adjustment.

You can create freehand drawing and take notes by choosing Notes + Files from the My Topics view. The screenshot below shows an example of the drawing view with the variety of shapes that you can create.

LifeTopix Freehand Drawing

New Colors in My Topics View

When you open the the My Topics view, you’ll see that we’ve given it a new look. The changes were made to give you easier identification of the 12 topics through varying colors, as shown in the following screenshot.

LifeTopix My Topics View

Configurable Dashboard Navigation

You can now reorder the navigational items in the Dashboard on the left side. Simply tap the i icon, which is identified in the following screenshot, and then drag the items to the position you prefer.

LifeTopix Configure Dashboard

New Themes

You now have the ability to change the main and accent colors that LifeTopix displays throughout the app. Choices include Azure, Beige, Black, Charcoal, Classic Blue, Classic Green, Dark Blue, Dark Red, Deep Ocean, Forest Green, Gold, Hot Orange, Lime Green, Magenta, Mocha, Plum, Scarlet, Slate, and Violet. Themes are not synced across devices, which allows you to create a unique theme for each of your devices.

You can change colors in the My Settings view as shown in the screenshot below.

LifeTopix Themes

New Engage View

As collaboration and support are among our highest priorities, we’ve made it easier for you to locate information about LifeTopix, contact us, and share LifeTopix with your friends, family, and colleagues through the Engage view. We welcome your questions and comments via social media, our website, or directly through email.

By tapping the Smile in the navigation panel of LifeTopix, you can view the central location for sharing via social media, contacting LightArrow, and finding information, as shown in the following screenshot.

Engage View

Support of All Day or Date and Time in Appointments

You now have the ability to view all-day appointments, tasks, projects, trips, and visits at the top of each day, above the list of times. This allows you to easily view other appointments that might be scheduled during the day. The following screenshot shows how all-day items display.

All Day

Person Detail Tap Through To Associated Items

In your Person view, you will now be able to see associated items with a person, and tap the associated items to view the details. For example, in the screenshot below, you’ll see that you can tap [Personal Trainer]: Johnny to view this service provider’s details and any associated appointments, tasks, checklists, reminders, bookmarks, files, audio, photos, video, notes, or services.

Person Tap

Repeat Schedule Improvements

We’ve improved recurring appointments, bills, and tasks. Previously, the maximum number of these items was 72. This number is increased to 150, and performance is improved when this large number of items is created. However, if you’re using an older device, a large number of items may take a few seconds. The following screenshot shows the options for the maximum number of appointments in the My Settings view.


Photo, Video, and Drawing Thumbnails

In list views, such as the Recently Updated view, thumbnails for photos, videos, and drawings are displayed in place of an icon, as shown in the following screenshot.

LifeTopix Thumbnail

Improved Agenda View

The Agenda view now includes a streamlined Alerts section with overdue and undated items. In addition, you’re now able to open these items directly from this view.

LifeTopix Agenda Alerts

People + Services Usability Enhancement

Groups are now available directly from the People + Services view, which provides easier access to Groups, as shown in the following example.

LifeTopix Groups

Autoscrolling to First Item in Day in Month Views

In My Calendar, when viewing the Day and Month views, LifeTopix will automatically scroll to the first item, which makes it easier for you to view your schedule. For example, when viewing the Day view, if you have a 9:00 am appointment and a 10:00 pm appointment, LifeTopix will automatically scroll so the 9:00 am appointment will be the first item that you see.

Calendar View Performance Enhancements

In this update, you will notice general speed improvements in the My Calendar and Agenda views.

We hope this helps you under­stand how to lever­age the new fea­tures in 6.0. Enjoy!

Manage Passwords With the LifeTopix App

A little known feature of LifeTopix is the ability to manage your passwords. This feature allows you to organize the multiple passwords on various websites that you use on a regular basis. There are several password management apps that you can download from the App Store that handle this functionality, but LifeTopix lets you manage them within the context of everything else that you do in your life — and they’re managed through the LifeTopix Bookmarks topic; therefore, you can view your credentials as you view pages from Bookmarks.

View the short video below to learn how to manage your usernames and passwords in LifeTopix.

You can find LifeTopix at the App Store.

Security Notes

Before you can view any of your usernames and passwords, you must enter a personal identification number (PIN). You can also add an extra level of security by adding a passcode to LifeTopix. All of your data is stored on your device unless you use sync or backups. The password is “Base64 encoded” so it’s not human readable, and always requires the PIN to be read.


Welcome to LifeTopix. If you’re not familiar with LifeTopix, it’s a complete productivity app for personal organization. With LifeTopix, you can manage your calendar, tasks/to-dos, projects, notes, files, health, bookmarks, online passwords, and much more with its 12 topics.

Storing passwords is a two step process, which includes setting a personal identification number and then setting your passwords in your LifeTopix Bookmarks. I also recommend an optional step of setting a passcode in LifeTopix, which will give you extra security. Today, I’m going to show you how in LifeTopix you can keep track of the many passwords that you set for multiple websites.

Before we get started, I’d first like to show you how to set a passcode. If you’re storing passwords in LifeTopix, turning on Passcode Lock will give you an extra level of security. When your Passcode Lock is on, you’re required to enter it after LifeTopix has been placed in the background for a designated period of time or if LifeTopix has been closed.

To set up your passcode the first time, simply tap the lock and then tap Setup Passcode. In the Passcode Lock Settings view, tap Turn Passcode On. This is where you can set a passcode and confirm it, and you can also set up security questions that will allow you to retrieve your passcode if you’ve forgotten it. You will also want to specify how long LifeTopix will run in the background before it is locked by tapping Set Timeout here. I’m going to set it for 10 minutes.

If you plan to store passwords, you’re required to set up a Personal Identification Number to reveal secure data. In your Settings view, locate Reveal Secure Data and type numbers or characters into the PIN field. Now you’re ready to start storing your passwords.

Go to All Bookmarks and add or locate a bookmark where you enter your credentials. In this example, I’ll view the details for EveryTrail. Here, I can enter my username and password. And then the next time that I go to this website, I can easily find my username and password by tapping here.

LifeTopix 5.2 Guided Tour

Team LightAr­row is very excited about our new 5.2 update of Life­Topix, which includes several new features and usability improvements. Life­Topix 5.2 is available immediately from the Apple App Store as a free update for anyone with previous Life­Topix versons. If you’re new to Life­Topix, it’s avail­able for a lim­ited time at a spe­cial price of 99 cents. As a uni­ver­sal app, a sin­gle pur­chase enti­tles you to use it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

We’re happy to give you a quick tour of the exiting new Life­Topix features, and help you to understand how to take full advantage of the significant changes.

Asana Integration

LifeTopix now syncs Asana projects and tasks across LifeTopix and Asana, which enables you to manage your work-related or personal Asana projects and tasks directly in LifeTopix. The integration allows you to see and manage dated and undated tasks from Asana directly in your LifeTopix Agenda view, LifeTopix Calendar, and LifeTopix Projects + Tasks topic on your  device.

To set up your Asana integration, first find your Asana API key in the Account Settings from the Asana web application, as shown in the following screenshot:

In Online Tasks in your Tasks + Projects topic, you will see that Asana is now included. Tapping Login and entering you API key will allow you to sync your projects and tasks to and from LifeTopix and Asana.

Freehand Handwriting and Drawing

LifeTopix now includes enhanced note-taking. You can draw or write with freehand strokes, view and reorder notes, record audio, add video, or add photos. The new handwriting and drawing feature replicates the experience of freehand writing and sketching, much like using a real pen and paper. Taking handwritten digital notes or drawing sketches directly on the device’s screen makes it easier for you to record notes in class or meetings, save brainstorming sessions, or quickly jot down important to-dos. With 40 colors, adjustable line width, clearing option, and an eraser, you can creatively express your thoughts with a variety of options. The new, streamlined note-taking screen organizes notes by automatically adding the date the note was added, and by sorting each note. You can also arrange items in notes by using drag to reorder. You’ll see the new options in the following screenshot.

Appointment Status

For those who schedule appointments, it is handy to know if the appointment has been confirmed, stayed unconfirmed, or has been completed, or canceled. This is especially helpful for those who schedule appointments with others such as hair stylists, therapists, or others. It is also helpful to set status of your own appointments as confirmed or unconfirmed — making sure that you follow up with your service providers or colleagues. You’ll see the new options in the following screenshot.

LifeTopix New Appointment

Email or Call Contacts Displayed Via Search Results

For your convenience, we’ve added the ability to call or email your contacts directly from your LifeTopix search results. You’ll see the new options in the following screenshot.


All Day Calendar Events in Day and Week views

Previously, all-day calendar events from your device calendars blocked out the entire day, which made it difficult to see your other items. Now, all-day events do not obscure your calendar in Day and Week views. You’ll see how all-day events appear in the following screenshot.

Enhanced Calendar Filters

You now have the ability to modify filters on each calendar individually and also for the Agenda view, and to see inactive items (such as previous trips). Previously the main calendar filters applied to all calendars and you could not view inactive items on your individual Task Calendar, Trip Calendar, Expense Calendar, Visitor Calendar, Payment Calendar, Agenda view, and Main calendar. This gives you better control over what you see on each calendar and on the Agenda view. You’ll see the new filter control in the following screenshot.

LifeTopix Calendar Filters

Pull to Refresh

You can now pull to refresh on the touchscreen in multiple views. For example, you can now refresh by dragging  your finger to get recent updates while in the app. This is especially useful if you are using LifeTopix’s integrations, such as Asana, Toodledo, Google Tasks, or Evernote. You’ll see an example of Pull to Refresh in the following screenshot.

LifeTopix Pull to Refresh

Open Items in Agenda View

Undated items are now shown in the Agenda view so items such as Reminders, Shopping, and Tasks don’t through the cracks. You’ll see how undated items appear in the following screenshot.

LifeTopix Agenda View, Undated Items

We hope this helps you under­stand how to lever­age the new fea­tures in 5.2. Enjoy!

LifeTopix 5.1 Guided Tour

Team LightAr­row is very excited about our new 5.1 update of Life­Topix, which includes several new features and usability improvements. LifeTopix 5.1 is available immediately from the Apple App Store as a free update for any­one with previous Life­Topix versions. If you’re new to LifeTopix, it’s avail­able for a lim­ited time at a spe­cial price of 99 cents. As a uni­ver­sal app, a sin­gle pur­chase enti­tles you to use it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

We’re happy to give you a quick tour of the exciting new LifeTopix features, and help you to understand how to take full advantage of the significant changes.

Checklists (To-do Lists)

At LightArrow, we understand that your to-do lists are an important tool for getting things done. That’s why we’ve beefed up this functionality — eliminating the need for you to use a different app for to-do lists. In LifeTopix, checklists and to-do lists are synonymous. For example, when I refer to a to-do list, it’s essentially a checklist in LifeTopix.

Checklists are easier than ever before to create and view. The most significant enhancement is the ability to add a checklist directly from the What’s Next section in the Home view on the fly. This means that within one or two taps upon launching LifeTopix, you can add a to-do list. You can see an example of the What’s Next view below. Notice the new section, “To do lists.” This is where you can add, view, and choose checklists. You’ll also notice that now in the What’s Next section that the next item on your agenda is highlighted with a light green shade (see Carpool below).

To do lists

We’ve also added the ability for you to create a reusable to-do list. For example, perhaps you have to-dos that you need to complete every day. You can create a checklist, such as “Daily Checklist,” and you can re-use this checklist each day for the to-dos you wish to complete. Reordering of items can be accomplished by tapping Reorder and holding down on the icon to the right and dragging the item to a new location. We’ve also added the ability to clear all the items so you can re-create the items in your checklist each day, if necessary. The following screenshot highlights these changes.

LifeTopix Checklists To Do Lists

We understand that your to-do lists need to flexible. Therefore, you can now copy entire checklists, copy checklist items within checklists, copy checklist items into different checklists, and move checklist items.

To do lists copy

As before, you can share your checklists through Facebook, Twitter, Email, or Text. This allows you to share your checklist with others. For example, perhaps you’ve hired a babysitter for the evening, and your child has an evening routine that you record through your checklist. You can easily share this checklist with the babysitter through these collaboration methods.

Siri and Reminders Integration

At LightArrow, we understand that you need to add reminders easily and quickly so we’ve integrated with the iOS Reminders app. If you’re using Siri, you can now simply tell Siri what you want to be reminded about. For example you can say, “Remind me to pick up Timmy from Soccer practice at 9:30 p.m. today.” Siri launches the Reminder app and requests confirmation. With the LifeTopix integration, you can automatically view your reminders in the LifeTopix Home view (What’s Next), My Calendar view, and the Events Calendar. And you can open the Reminders app directly from LifeTopix to edit your reminders or to mark them as complete. You can also create new entries in the Reminders app from the LifeTopix Events topic.

Siri Reminder

LifeTopix Siri

For the LifeTopix integration with Siri and the Reminders app to work, you must have an iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, or iPod touch (5th generation). You must also have updated your device to iOS 6.

Calendar Enhancements

The LifeTopix calendar has been updated with several enhancements. It now includes a new, improved look and feel for better visibility of calendar items. A new Week view has been added, which supplements the standard Day, Month, and Year views. As an enhancement to the Finances topic, you can now see bill pay­ment amounts on LifeTopix calendar views — helping you to better organize your finances. Items from device calendars are color coded, and a new legend in the Calendar filter, as shown below, identifies the colors that are used for each type of device calendar.

LifeTopix Calendar Legend

Also, if you’ve installed the Facebook app and you’ve allowed access to your calendar through IOS 6.0, you can view all birthdays and events recorded in Facebook in the LifeTopix calendar — so you’ll never miss a birthday or event again. For example, in your device’s settings, locate Facebook, and tap it to access the settings, as shown in the following example. Turn the Calendar setting “ON” to allow Facebook to use your calendar.

LifeTopix Facebook

Badge Changes

Previously, badges only included items that were expired. Now, items that are expired and items that are due today, such as tasks, shopping list items, and other items are included within the icon count. This includes items on the same day, as shown in the following example.

LifeTopix Badge

Simplification of the Events Topic

Previously under the Events topic, the events, appointments (including device calendar items), reminders, and occasion reminders were separate views. By popular demand, they are now consolidated into a view called “Events, Appointments, Reminders”. The view also now includes iOS Reminder app’s items.


New Way to Securely View Username and Password for Bookmarks

If your username and password are stored in the Bookmark’s detail view, when a bookmark is launched for viewing, the login information is now conveniently accessible via an (i) button on the toolbar.

We hope this helps you understand how to leverage the new features in 5.1. Enjoy!

Simple Ingredients for Productivity Success – LifeTopix, Evernote, Google Drive, and Dropbox

Getting organized and productive might seem like a complicated endeavor, but with just a few simple ingredients you can achieve your goal of living a clutter-free, organized, and productive life. Just like making bread, you only need the basic ingredients to achieve the harmonious life that you aspire to live.

Start with the Staples

Just like when baking bread, you start with a recipe to obtain the staples or basics — flour, yeast, water, salt, etc. When searching for the ingredients to help you achieve productivity, you might perform a Google search for apps, software, or services to help you get organized. Generally, you’ll find a variety of articles describing the top notes ser­vice (Ever­note), top file stor­age ser­vice (Drop­box), and top col­lab­o­ra­tive doc­u­ment ser­vice (Google Drive). These are the fundamental ingredients to get you started. For example, if you think of productivity as a loaf of bread, you’ll consider these apps as the basic ingredients of your recipe. And just like a loaf of bread, you’ll need something to hold them together or you’ll have a big mound of dough — that just falls apart — a half-baked solution. This is where LifeTopix comes in — the baking pan that holds it all together.

How LifeTopix Pulls it Together

We constantly talk to our users about how they use these top services (Evernote, Dropbox, and Google Drive). This influ­enced us to sup­port these ser­vices from within Life­Topix, and also helped us to under­stand how users track rel­e­vant pieces of infor­ma­tion in their proper con­text regard­less of its source. For example, with LifeTopix you might create a landscaping project to keep track of the items related to this project. You’ll want to store related files within the context of the landscaping project. For example, you might want to track any receipts or invoices for plants, soil, and other landscaping materials — and you’ll want to be able to quickly access these related items. Because LifeTopix is integrated with these services, you can find these items — all from one app (LifeTopix). Never again will you be searching for these files through disconnected software. Take a look at the following diagram to visualize how a project would appear in LifeTopix, and how you can easily add and find related online notes and files.

Evernote, LifeTopix, Dropbox, Google Drive

LifeTopix provides many capabilities for managing a project, such as landscaping — and our integration with top online software enhances your ability to store, locate, and collaborate via this software. The examples below describe how you might use LifeTopix to plan and execute a landscaping project:

  • Create a task (todo) list — plant seeds and foliage, attach wires to support stakes, decorate with stones, etc..
  • Schedule appointments — call the Utility Locator to mark the lawn.
  • Set reminders — watering schedule, inspect work, etc.
  • Create bookmarks — plant care websites, watering schedules, landscaping blogs, etc.
  • Record audio notes and text notes — capture anything through voice or text.
  • Upload photos — take photos of plants, decorations, invoices, receipts, or contracts.
  • Gather expenses — record each expense for goods and services related to the project.
  • Manage service providers — include all providers related to the project for easy access, shopping lists, and expense tracking.
  • Manage shopping items — create shopping lists for products, goods, and services.
  • Access all files and notes stored in Dropbox, Evernote, or Google Drive — collaborative word processing docs or spreadsheets, notes, invoices, etc.
  • Share and collaborate via Facebook, Text, Email, and Twitter — share ideas with friends, family, and colleagues.

We hope this sparks some ideas of how you would use LifeTopix with Evernote, Google Drive, and Dropbox to achieve the harmonious, organized, clutter-free life that you aspire to live. Please share how you use LifeTopix to manage your projects and how our integration has helped you achieve your goals.

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5 Challenges for App Developers Implementing iCloud Sync

We are proud to say that LifeTopix is among the first and very few apps that support automated device-to-device sync (files, data changes, everything) utilizing Apple’s exciting and brand new iCloud technology. The challenges were many, but as a bold app development team that tries its hardest to deliver what our users want, we plowed through it, and our 4.0 update is now in the hands of our delighted users! Get LifeTopix 4.0 with iCloud support from the App Store to iCloud Sync in action – and dramatically organize your life!

iCloud became available fairly recently with iOS 5.0. Kudos to Apple for bringing forth a great new technology with so much potential for users and app developers alike. However, as I mentioned, there were also many challenges for developers. Feel free to contact me if you wish to learn more about how we overcame them to make sure our app remains rock solid. I cannot reveal any information that is confidential under the iOS development program, but share the general approach we took. It is truly a powerful and exciting technology that does so much of the heavy lifting for the developers.

I’ve listed some of those challenges here:

  1. Few full-fledged working examples due to the newness forced us to experiment a lot to:
    • learn the bits and pieces so we could gain a clear overall picture
    • determine sequences to follow for turning iCloud Sync on or off
    • develop a way to allow users to reset iCloud Sync for our app if/when things seem wrong
  2. Somewhat limited direction as to the optimized logic for sharing files contained within the app across devices led us to discover a few things on our own:
    • when to download files, thumbnails
    • when to upload new files, photos, voice notes, videos
    • how to deal with existing files on both devices
  3. Guidance on app data sync (using Core Data) solidly across devices – we determined:
    • the best usage model of core data relevant iCloud APIs
    • how to deal with and migrate existing data in app
    • what to expect in terms of timeliness of core data sync
  4. Applicability of the key-value feature in iCloud and its relation to:
    • expected lag time for inter-device communication
    • a solid device-to-device communication approach
  5. Submission of an iCloud-enabled app to the App Store:
    • proper iCloud related entitlements
It would have been a lot of development effort to implement device-to-device sync on our own – we are truly thankful that iCloud came along and made that powerful feature so much easier for us to implement. The Apple developer forums were extremely helpful, but ultimately it was our perseverance that enabled us to string everything together in a way that works. Our best wishes to fellow app developers and our users who ultimately are the biggest beneficiaries of this exciting technology. iOS just keeps getting better!


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